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Southwestern Energy (SWN) Stock Jumps 7.4%: Will It Continue to Soar?

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Southwestern Energy (SWN - Free Report) shares ended the last trading session 7.4% higher at $7.01. The jump came on an impressive volume with a higher-than-average number of shares changing hands in the session. This compares to the stock's 25.8% loss over the past four weeks.

Apart from geopolitical uncertainties resulting from Russia’s attack on Ukraine, increasing economic activities have led to the ramp of natural gas consumption in the industrial sector. The price of natural gas is trading higher than $6 per million British thermal unit, marking a massive improvement from the past year.  This is beneficial for Southwestern Energy as it holds significant properties in the prolific Appalachian Basin, which is famous for its natural gas reservoirs.

This independent oil and gas company is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.35 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +84.2%. Revenues are expected to be $1.79 billion, up 70.7% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Southwestern Energy, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised 7.4% higher over the last 30 days to the current level. And a positive trend in earnings estimate revision usually translates into price appreciation. So, make sure to keep an eye on SWN going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

Southwestern Energy belongs to the Zacks Oil and Gas - Exploration and Production - United States industry. Another stock from the same industry, Comstock Resources (CRK - Free Report) , closed the last trading session 2.4% higher at $13.19. Over the past month, CRK has returned -34.6%.

For Comstock, the consensus EPS estimate for the upcoming report has changed -2.4% over the past month to $0.77. This represents a change of +250% from what the company reported a year ago. Comstock currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).


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